Just in Time for Xmas: Lego Terrorists, Nazis

Company customizes brick figures—without permission
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Dec 4, 2008 12:47 PM CST
A Jewish civil-rights group condemned the toymaker for a Nazi Lego figure it is selling.   (BrickArms)
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(Newser) – Ripping off a toy classic and tossing in al-Qaeda and Nazi themes just in time for Christmas might not seem like the best marketing strategy, reports the Sun, and sure enough, Jews and Muslims alike aren't happy. BrickArms has outfitted Lego figurines as al-Qaeda terrorists and Nazi soldiers, brandishing assault rifles, grenades, and rocket launchers. A Jewish leader complains the “distasteful” products add to tensions, while a Muslim leader calls them “absolutely disgusting.”

Lego has washed its hands of the controversy, saying it has nothing to do with the $14 figures and that the company “is committed to developing toys which enrich childhood.”